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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Jan 30, 2011 11:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Reel to reel question

fwiw, 2 days ago on Jan 28, I just realized that my last Telluride Bluegrass Festival was 1985. I noticed this because Jan 28, 2011 was the 25th anniversary of the Challenger disaster. The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred on Tuesday, January 28, 1986, when Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight. I clearly remember the moment I heard about this disaster 25 years ago: where I was; what I was doing then; and what I had done the previous year.

I've mentioned once or twice that I attended several TBFs. I said my last TBF was 1986. I was wrong. Now I know it was 1985. Several times during the past couple of years, I had looked into Planet Bluegrass' Archive for past festival performers over the years at TBF. The 1986 lineup listing was missing John Hartford. I almost challenged the accuracy of the Planet Bluegrass archives. I remember seeing Hartford at my last TBF. Now everything matches up for me.

The 12th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival -- June 21-23, 1985
Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band • John Hartford • Seldom Scene • Tony Trischka and Skyline • Hot Rize • Tony Rice • Nashville Bluegrass Band • Chris Daniels and the Kings • New Grass Revival • Doc and Merle Watson • The David Grisman Quintet • Peter Rowan and Crucial Country • Mark O’Connor • Bryan Bowers • Alaska’s Hobo Jim
A guy from Boulder, Colorado put together a TV Production deal for the entire 1985 TBF. Phone calls were made to video production houses in Denver. This Project was seeking free lance staffing for the TV crew, and they needed 2 engineer Free Lancers. Challenger Productions was hired to bring their brand new TV Production Truck to TBF, from Oklahoma. (Challenger was based in either Tulsa or Oklahoma City - I can't remember which.) Their 18-wheel TV Production truck was a state-of-the-art beauty, costing approx $6 million to build.

Denver's Telemation Productions was called first. Several of Telemation's video tape operators and camera operators signed up, went to TBF 1985, and worked free lance for the Boulder TV Production outfit - running cameras and video tape machines there. Computer Image Productions in Denver was called next. Challenger was needing 2 Free Lance video engineers. Glenn Hill and Monte Barry (me) signed on. Glenn and myself traveled together from Denver to Telluride, and back to Denver. We both worked at the TBF in 1985 as free lance video engineers for Challenger Productions. We both worked full time at Computer Image Productions as video engineers during this period. I think several other Computer Image Productions guys also freelanced as video tape operators, cameramen, and production assistants there.

The Challenger Truck came into TBF equipped with 4 cameras, 4 Ampex one-inch video tape recorders - with Ampex time base correctors, Ampex ADO special effects systems, character generators, a large Grass Valley 300 switcher, Intercom systems, numerous Frame Synchronizers, and a huge Professional Audio system. Also contracted in were 3 more hand-held cameras. A 4th camera was contracted in, and it was set up on a camera Jib. So we had a very robust 8-camera shoot going. Audio for the TBF's PA system was run and staffed separately by the TBF sound crew. I believe Challenger was recording a 2-channel Audio feed from the Sound Crew's sound board. We worked shooting and recording the entire weekend for 1985 TBF. Everything was recorded on one-inch video tape -- Broadcast Quality!

WHERE THE HECK ARE THESE TAPES? Please, do not tell me they are "lost". Please, do not tell me they were "recorded over".

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jan 30, 2011 11:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Monte....

I'm sure you're aware of this, but if not...

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Jan 30, 2011 11:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Monte....

Thanks, friend. I did not know about the John Hartford Memorial Festival.